Friday, September 14, 2018
Eleventh grade U.S. history. I had just gone over their assignment and asked for questions.
"Can we move seats and work with a partner?"
I should mention that this was already on the board...
No other class had bothered to ask. This is the teacher's handwriting, by the way, not mine. He had written up their assignment along with these instructions.
I pointed out this as I told the student no.
"Can we work in groups?"
Well, that's just messing with me.
"Mr. L isn't here. We don't have to tell him. You can let us..."
I'm familiar with this argument. I hear it a couple times a month. It's generally partnered with, "This is your class for today".
Me: "This is Mr. L's class, so we're going to honor his request."
I wonder if the boy does ever convince a sub to go along with that. Some must fall for it as the students use it frequently.
Once denied, though, the students didn't argue the point any longer. They settled into blissful silence. Ah. That's the kind of class I like.